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RECONCILIATION
ACTION PLAN 2019–2021
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Contact
                                                     For all enquiries relating to the department RAP please contact:
                                                     Melina Saunders
                                                     Manager RAP Implementation
                                                     02 6276 1813
                                                     RAP@industry.gov.au

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Acknowledgment
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science recognises
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples
of this nation.

We recognise the ongoing traditional and modern cultural
practices and connection to Country held by Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging as the
Traditional Custodians and Lore Keepers of the world’s oldest
living culture.

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Message from Reconciliation Australia
                                       On behalf of Reconciliation Australia, I am delighted to see the       Through implementing an Innovate RAP, Department of Industry,
                                       Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science continue its           Innovation, and Science will strengthen its approach to driving
                                       reconciliation journey and to formally endorse its second              reconciliation through its business activities, services and programs,
                                       Innovate RAP.                                                          and develop mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and
                                                                                                              Torres Strait Islander stakeholders.
                                       Through the development of an Innovate RAP, Department of
                                       Industry, Innovation, and Science continues to play an important       We wish Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science well as
                                       part in a community of over 1,000 dedicated corporate,                 it embeds and expands its own unique approach to reconciliation.
                                       government, and not-for-profit organisations that have formally        We encourage Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science to
                                       committed to reconciliation through the RAP program since its          embrace this journey with open hearts and minds, to grow from
                                       inception in 2006. RAP organisations across Australia are turning      the challenges, and to build on its successes. As the Council for
                                       good intentions into positive actions, helping to build higher         Aboriginal Reconciliation reminded the nation in its final report:
                                       trust, lower prejudice, and increase pride in Aboriginal and Torres
                                                                                                                  “Reconciliation is hard work—it’s a long, winding and
                                       Strait Islander cultures.
                                                                                                                  corrugated road, not a broad, paved highway.
                                       Reconciliation is no one single issue or agenda. Based on                  Determination and effort at all levels of government and
                                       international research and benchmarking, Reconciliation                    in all sections of the community will be essential to make
                                       Australia, defines and measures reconciliation through five critical       reconciliation a reality.”
                                       dimensions: race relations; equality and equity; institutional
                                                                                                              On behalf of Reconciliation Australia, I commend Department of
                                       integrity; unity; and historical acceptance. All sections of the
                                                                                                              Industry, Innovation, and Science on its third RAP, and look
                                       community—governments, civil society, the private sector, and
                                                                                                              forward to following its ongoing reconciliation journey.
                                       Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities—have a role to
                                       play to progress these dimensions.                                     Karen Mundine
                                                                                                              Chief Executive Officer
                                       The RAP program provides a framework for organisations to
                                                                                                              Reconciliation Australia
                                       advance reconciliation within their spheres of influence. This
                                       Innovate RAP provides Department of Industry, Innovation, and
                                       Science with the key steps to establish its own unique approach
                                       to reconciliation.

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Message from Secretary
I am pleased to present the department’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
I am pleased to present the department’s Innovate Reconciliation      We also need to ensure that our programs – many of which
Action Plan (RAP). The actions outlined in our Reconciliation         engage directly with Australian businesses – are set up to deliver
Action Plan underpin our goals to increase our employment of          for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as they establish
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ; build better career   and grow their businesses.
paths for our employees; and develop our programs and policies
                                                                      Government and private sector procurement policies are a
to support Indigenous businesses in both new and existing
                                                                      significant part of the story for the development of Aboriginal
industries.
                                                                      and Torres Strait Islander businesses. Ensuring that these
As a department, we strive to engage all Australians in science       businesses have a fair shot at government procurement contracts
and innovation to harness the research, technologies and believe      has a direct effect on jobs for Indigenous Australians and for
that increased participation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait        economic empowerment.
Islander peoples, cultures and perspectives will enhance our
                                                                      It is the concrete actions of individuals that make reconciliation a
knowledge and ultimately benefit our society and the
                                                                      reality and I am proud of the work of our Indigenous Employment
Australian economy
                                                                      Network and our RAP Committee in harnessing the many valued
We want to ensure that as a department we are inclusive, and          contributions from our staff in the development of the RAP. I
represent the diversity of the Australian community by bringing       encourage all of our staff to continue to engage with the actions
to bear the knowledge and expertise of Aboriginal and Torres          in the RAP and consider opportunities that go beyond our
Strait Islander peoples in our policy work and program delivery.      current plan.
To do this we need Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
                                                                      Dr Heather Smith
across all levels and areas of the department. We need to nurture
                                                                      Secretary
and develop our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff for
leadership roles now and in the future.

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Message from Indigenous Champion
                                       and RAP Committee
                                       Through the process of developing the RAP, it has been excellent to   (Industry Growth Member), Paul Sexton (Anti-Dumping
                                       see areas in the department embrace and champion the changes          Commission Member), Kristina Anastasi (Resources Member),
                                       that are required to deliver on our Aboriginal and Torres Strait      Elaine Ogden (National Measurement Institute Member), Jessica
                                       Islander employment goals, and work towards making sure our           Arthurson (Corporate Member) and Timisha Venck (Corporate
                                       policies and programs meet the needs of Indigenous businesses.        Member) who throughout the process of developing the RAP have
                                                                                                             suggested, initiated and implemented actions that reflect the
                                       An effective RAP needs leaders to drive change, and our Secretary
                                                                                                             aspirations of the organisation. For lasting and meaningful reform,
                                       and Executive strongly endorse the department’s commitment to
                                                                                                             this must continue across the department.
                                       reconciliation. As Indigenous Champion, I know that we would not
                                       have been able to develop the RAP Actions without the support of      Being the department’s Indigenous Champion has been a huge
                                       the Executive, who have continued to ask: “what more can we do?”      honour and I have learned a great deal about Indigenous
                                       Driving this work has not been possible without the commitment        businesses and how the department needs to work harder to
                                       and contribution of our RAP committee.                                support these businesses. I have had the pleasure of working with
                                                                                                             fantastic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, external
                                       I would like to acknowledge the following colleagues; Jess
                                                                                                             advisers and Indigenous leaders inside and outside the public
                                       Bloomfield (Indigenous Employee Network chair), Geoff
                                                                                                             service to help us develop our plan.
                                       Richardson (External Advisor), Terri Reid (IEN Member), Jacqui
                                       Vincent (Northern Australia and Major Projects Member), Rachael       We still have a long path to tread to meet our goals, but this RAP
                                       Jackson (Corporate Member), Kate Driver (Questacon Member),           represents a big step towards making this department one that
                                       Rod Kennett (Questacon Member), David Wilson (Science and             truly embraces Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and
                                       Commercialisation Member), Jonathan Rogers (Science and               the role we can all play in reconciliation. This will enable us to
                                       Commercialisation Member), Nathan Hannigan (Digital Strategy          produce better policy advice; deliver more effective policy and
                                       and Operations Member), Neil Kinsella (Digital Strategy and           benefit from the experiences of our First Nations staff.
                                       Operations Member), Sue Cattermole (AusIndustry Member), Peter
                                                                                                             Sam Reinhardt
                                       Kidby (AusIndustry Member), Matt McLeay (AusIndustry Member),
                                                                                                             Indigenous Champion and Head of Northern Australia and
                                       Wayne Calder (Strategic Policy Member), Leanne Thompson
                                                                                                             Major Projects Division
                                       (Economic and Analytical Services Member), Rebecca Manen

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Vision
The department’s reconciliation vision is to understand,
value and engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples’ innovations, knowledge and culture; to
strengthen our organisation’s cultural capabilities; and to
improve Australia’s economic and social opportunities
with Australia’s First Peoples.

Our vision will deliver programs, policies and services
that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
and businesses to participate and benefit from Australia’s
economic growth and job creation. Through this, we will
contribute to the wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples
and their communities. We will work to provide mutually
beneficial opportunities for our First Peoples,
organisations and communities to share in economic
development and social inclusion, as set out in our
Corporate Plan.

Our reconciliation vision supports a workforce with
opportunities and career pathways for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples where they feel
empowered, ensuring that the department and broader
community can benefit from the knowledge and                  ...we will contribute to the wellbeing
experience of Australia’s First Peoples.
                                                              of Australia’s First Peoples and their
                                                              communities...

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Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan
                                       We are happy to deliver this Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan     Consultation has been undertaken over several months with all
                                       (RAP) which showcases the journey the department has been on         departmental divisions and every portfolio agency and has
                                       since its first RAP in 2008. Our RAP outlines the actions the        resulted in increased information sharing and collaboration. This
                                       department will be making in 2019-2021 to further our                extensive consultation process has ensured that staff at all levels
                                       commitment to reconciliation. These actions reflect the value        are better engaged and have a good understanding of how they
                                       that diversity provides to our department, our policies and our      as individuals and work areas can better implement and respond
                                       programs.                                                            to the actions under this plan.

                                       This RAP was developed in collaboration by a Reconciliation          A joint Statement of Reconciliation has been developed and is
                                       Action Plan Committee the Indigenous Employee Network and            supported by the Agency Heads of the Industry, Innovation and
                                       with the support of Mr Geoff Richardson PSM an independent           Science portfolio agencies to drive Australia’s economic
                                       Indigenous expert advisor. Each of the thirteen areas across the     productivity by supporting innovation, science, research, business
                                       department took part in consultation workshops to discuss the        and investment, this initiative allows the portfolio to achieve more
                                       review of the RAP, its purpose and how areas and individuals         by taking a collaborative and united approach towards
                                       could positively impact the RAP.                                     reconciliation across our portfolio agencies. This RAP is outcomes
                                                                                                            focussed with a number of ambitious actions to ensure that the
                                       Our reconciliation agenda is supported through the strong
                                                                                                            department continues to progress to reconciliation..
                                       commitment as a department to our culture, diversity and
                                       inclusion to support all of our business and our peoples practice.
                                       The department is committed to the delivery of connected
                                       networks, inclusive workgroups, respectful workplace behaviors
                                       and a unified mission toward the culture and inclusion of the
                                       department. Our RAP will support the empowerment of
                                       Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Who are we
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science drives            Governments (COAG) Energy Council, to promote Australia’s
Australian growth and job creation. We boost Australia’s             globally competitive resources sector. The department supports
competitiveness and facilitate economic transformation               best practices in the mining industry to develop Australia’s
by backing business, science, innovation and investment. Our         mineral and energy resources.
effort relies on building strong relationships between businesses,
                                                                     The department also coordinates the government’s agenda to
entrepreneurs, employees, the science community, government,
                                                                     unlock the potential of northern Australia and build on its strong
regulators and international partners.
                                                                     primary industries, tourism and access to Asia. We are investing
The department facilitates Australia’s economic transformation       in critical infrastructure, facilitating private investment and
through investment, science and innovation. It supports              developing more opportunities for a range of industries and
businesses and employees as they manage market disruptions           communities to grow.
and seek new opportunities, including those presented by
                                                                     The department partners across government to assist employees
digital technology.
                                                                     and businesses in transitioning industries and regions.
We support the scientific research, infrastructure and skills
development that underpins new discoveries, better living
standards and the social wellbeing of all Australians.

We promote the growth and transformation of internationally
competitive industries by enabling business investment,
collaboration and international engagement in growth sectors,
as well as helping to overcome barriers to their success.

The department works with state and territory government
counterparts, particularly through the Council of Australian

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Our footprint
The department employs approximately 2,500 staff of which
around 1.3 per cent are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Our staff work in a variety of geographic locations across
Australia, including capital cities and regional centres,
and overseas.
                                                                              NORTHERN
This map highlights our national footprint.
                                                                              TERRITORY
                                                                                  11           QUEENSLAND
                                                                  WESTERN                         80
                                                                  AUSTRALIA
                                                                    93          SOUTH
                                                                                          47
                                                                              AUSTRALIA
                                                                                                NEW SOUTH WALES
                                                                                                       311
                                                                                                                    AUSTRALIAN
                                                                                                                                     1809
                                                                                               VICTORIA          CAPITAL TERRITORY
                                                                                                          274

                                                INTERNATIONAL            5                                   TASMANIA   23

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What do we want to achieve?
We want to achieve tangible actions that reflect our...

                                     ...joint effort to                                      ...Aboriginal
                                    ensure the whole                                       and Torres Strait
                                        of portfolio                                    Islander staff – more
                                       participation.                                   employees, at higher
   ...development of
                                                                                       levels and better staff
  policy and delivery
                                                                                            progress and
   of projects with a
                                                                                                training.
       cultural lens.                                     ...valuing Aboriginal
                                                             and Torres Strait
                                                             Islander peoples
                                                               and cultures.

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Our reconciliation journey
[Timeline]

2008 – 1st Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) launched

        2008
2014 – Indigenous Employee Network (IEN) launched        2016                                          2018
2016 – Traineeship commenced

2016 –1st
       Indigenous mentoring program piloted
          Reconciliation
          Action Development
                  Plan
                                                          Indigenous
                                                         Development
                                                             Award
                                                                               2017                   Sponsorship
                                                                                                       of the ACT
2016 – Indigenous            Award launched                                    Sponsorship              NAIDOC
                                                           launched
      (RAP) launched
2017 – Inclusions Strategy launched
                                                                                of the ACT
                                                                                 NAIDOC
                                                                                                        Awards
                                                                                                                        2019
                                         2016
2017 – Sponsorship of the ACT NAIDOC Awards

2018 – Indigenous Development Pathways program piloted
                                                                                 Awards
                                                                                                                     Introduction of
                                                                                                                    policy framework
                                         Indigenous
     2014
2018 – Cultural and inclusion review
                                          mentoring
                                          program
2018 – Sponsorship of the ACT NAIDOC Awards
                                            piloted
                                                                   2017                             2018             for Indigenous
                                                                                                                      participation

  Indigenous
2019 – Introduction of policy framework for indigenous
                                                                                                  Cultural and
   Employee
participation                                                     Inclusions
                                                                                                   inclusion
Network (IEN)                                                       Strategy
2019 – Sponsorship of the ACT NAIDOC Awards
    launched                                                       launched

                                                                                    2018
                                                                                                    review
                                                                                                                          2019
                                2016                                                 Indigenous
                                                                                                                        Sponsorship
                                                                                                                         of the ACT
                             Traineeship                                            Development                           NAIDOC
                             commenced                                                Pathways                            Awards
                                                                                      program
                                                                                       piloted

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Yarns from our journey
The department’s Indigenous Employee Network (IEN)
was first established in 2014 with a handful of proud
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. At its
inception the IEN fostered a support network for
members to form relationships through support,
guidance, mentoring and connection.

Today, with 37 Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander
employees in the department the IEN is a strong
network providing high level policy and program
advice through a cultural lens to help support the
outcomes of the department’s reconciliation agenda.

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Yarns from our journey
The department’s Indigenous Traineeship Program was first
trialled in 2015, with seven state based trainees undertaking
a twelve month traineeship, including completing a
Certificate III in Government.

The traineeship was run for three years in 2015, 2016 and
2017 and saw 24 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people join the department over the three years. Today, 13
of the former trainees are still employed with the
department in a range of roles across administrative,
program, policy and corporate functions.

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Lessons learnt over the last three years

                                                                                                  Leadership
        Engagement                                 Targets need to                               as the driver
           is key to                                be followed by                                 It is critical that middle

        effectiveness                              concrete actions
                                                                                                management and supervisors
                                                                                               are involved and committed to
    We need to engage regularly with               We need to develop and support                  improving our policies,
   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander          career pathways for Aboriginal and             programs and employment
    peoples to ensure they can access                 Torres Strait Islander staff.                        initiatives.
     and benefit from our programs,
         initiatives and policies.

                                                                                    Cultural
                              Early and                                           competency
                          often consultation                                         is key
                            Consultation is critical to ensuring
                                                                              To support Aboriginal and Torres
                           Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
                                                                            Strait Islander peoples, communities
                          peoples can make informed decisions,
                                                                                   and businesses, we must
                               it can’t be an afterthought.
                                                                                    understand the issues.

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Relationships
It is essential to build mutually respectful relationships so that our programs and policies can foster a collaborative approach to advancing economic and social development. As an employer,
the department will benefit from the skills, experience and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

 Action                                        Responsibility        Timeline         Deliverables
Build relationships through celebrating        Lead:                 May 2020         Circulate Reconciliation Australia’s NRW resources and reconciliation materials to our staff.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW)             Indigenous Champion   May 2020         RAP Working Group members to participate in an external NRW event.
                                               Supported by:         May 2020         Encourage and support staff and senior leaders to participate in at least one external event to recognise and celebrate NRW.
                                               Division Heads
                                                                     May 2020         Organise at least one NRW event each year.
                                                                     May 2020         Register all our NRW events on Reconciliation Australia’s NRW website.
Encourage awareness and participation in       Lead:                 September 2019   The department will ensure that the actions of the RAP are supported through the Corporate Plan and Divisional Plans to ensure that
the RAP and reconciliation activities within   Indigenous Champion                    efforts towards reconciliation become the business of the whole department and its staff.
our department, and through collaboration      Supported by:         September 2019   The department will use appropriate cross agency fora to collaborate with other agencies to share information on achievements and
with stakeholders and other agencies.          Division Heads                         challenges and to identify reconciliation opportunities and challenges and to share best practice, such as Indigenous Affairs PM&C and
                                                                                      Agency Heads meetings.
                                                                     July 2019        The department will actively collaborate with the Indigenous Affairs PM&C and Indigenous Business Australia in joint initiatives to
                                                                                      identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander needs and to create awareness about its programs and services amongst Indigenous
                                                                                      businesses, leaders and communities.
                                                                     July 2019        Publish case studies of success in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, government and community partnerships and
                                                                                      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment.
Develop and maintain mutually beneficial       Lead:                 March 2020       The department will conduct information sessions for staff on the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
relationships with Aboriginal and/or Torres    Indigenous Champion                    Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) inclusive of all Articles including Free, Prior, Informed Consent principles and will use the declaration to
Strait Islander peoples, communities and       Supported by:                          guide its approach to engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
businesses.                                    Secretary and         July 2019        The department will support the IEN to meet at least four times per year and to provide the Executive with advice on Indigenous
                                               Division Heads                         recruitment, retention, development and engagement and contribute to the department’s strategic direction and the development and
                                                                                      implementation of a best practice RAP.
                                                                     July 2019        Meet with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and organisations to develop guiding principles for future engagement.
                                                                     July 2019        Develop and implement an engagement plan to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and organisations.
Promote positive race relations through a    Lead:                   August 2019      The department will consider and respond to the findings from the 2018 Culture and Inclusion Review and embed learnings into design
no tolerance to discrimination of Aboriginal Indigenous Champion                      and delivery of policy and programs to support the Australian public and industry.
and/or Torres Strait islander peoples.       Supported by:           May 2020         Provide departmental staff with the tools and resources to be able to identify unacceptable behavior in the workplace through education
                                             Division Heads                           and awareness such as bias and cultural training.
                                                                     May 2020         Empower employees to prevent and respond to incidents that occur in the department through mechanisms such as workplace contact
                                                                                      officers or employee assistance program.
                                                                     January 2020     Develop, implement and communicate an anti-discrimination policy for our organisation.
                                                                     January 2020     Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisors to consult on our anti-
                                                                                      discrimination policy.

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Respect
Fostering a deeper respect for and understanding of Australia’s First Peoples cultures and perspectives on our policy objectives gives rise to new ideas and avenues that enhance the wellbeing
of all Australians.

 Action                                     Responsibility          Timeline        Deliverables
The department undertakes Aboriginal and Lead:                      July 2019       A Traditional Owner of the area is invited to conduct a Welcome to Country for significant functions, events and conferences.
Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols. Secretary, Indigenous
                                           Champion and all
                                                                    July 2019       An Acknowledgement of Country is conducted prior to significant internal and inter-departmental meetings, or prior to major events
                                           General Managers
                                                                                    where a Traditional Owner is not available.
                                            Supported by:
                                            General Manager,        January 2020    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags are to be flown at all departmental national and state offices.
                                            People and Planning
                                            General Manager,
                                                                    October 2019    An Acknowledgment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as custodians of the land to be incorporated into departmental
                                            Budgets, Property and
                                                                                    websites and provided for use on personal signature blocks.
                                            Accounting
                                                                    December 2020   The departmental will honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures by naming key meeting rooms after prominent leaders or
                                                                                    significant places.

                                                                    February 2020   Each of the department’s buildings will display an Acknowledgment of Country and a welcome in local traditional language.

                                                                    June 2020       The department will develop, implement and communicate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural ethics protocols guidance
                                                                                    document and will make it freely available on its website.

                                                                    July 2019       Increase staff's understanding of the purpose and significance behind cultural protocols, including Acknowledgement of Country and
                                                                                    Welcome to Country protocols

The department and its staff celebrate      Lead:                   July 2019       Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees are supported to attend culturally significant events and ceremonies.
and participate in culturally significant   Indigenous Champion
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander    Supported by:           July 2019       All staff are encouraged to participate in internal and external events to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture.
occasions and events, including             Secretary and General
NAIDOC Week.                                Manager, People and
                                            Planning                July 2019       The department will identify and commemorate significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander occasions and events.

                                                                    July 2019       The department to hold events for NAIDOC Week and the 2019 United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, which are
                                                                                    promoted to all staff and departmental networks to participate in.

                                                                    July 2019       RAP Working Group to participate in an external NAIDOC Week event.

                                                                    July 2019       Review HR policies and procedures to remove barriers to staff participating in NAIDOC Week.

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Respect (cont’d)
Action                                        Responsibility        Timeline       Deliverables
Increase understanding, value and             Lead:                 July 2019      20 per cent of staff members to participate in face to face cultural awareness training each year of this plan (resulting in a 40 per cent
recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait   Secretary                            increase over the life of the plan)
Islander cultures, histories, knowledge and   Supported by:
rights through cultural learning.                                   July 2019      80 per cent of staff in each division to complete the online CORE training modules over the life of this plan.
                                              Division Heads and
                                              General Manager,
                                              People and Planning   January 2020   Conduct a review of cultural learning needs within our organisation.

                                                                    January 2020   Consult local Traditional Owners and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisors on the development and implementation of a
                                                                                   cultural learning strategy.

                                                                    January 2020   Develop, implement and communicate a cultural learning strategy for our staff.

                                                                    July 2019      5-10 staff members to participate in intensive cultural immersion training and initiatives each year, to extend the knowledge of general
                                                                                   cultural awareness to build the cultural capability of staff who work on specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiatives and
                                                                                   programs
                                                                    July 2019      All business areas delivering programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and businesses to undertake face to
                                                                                   face cultural awareness training specific to the region or peoples with which they are working.

                                                                    July 2019      Raise awareness that all staff are enabled and encouraged to participate in programs, initiatives and events to build cultural capability
                                                                                   and confidence.

                                                                    July 2019      Support a minimum of two staff member applications for the Jawun Secondment Program. On completion of the program each
                                                                                   participant will deliver a report detailing the key learnings which will be promoted on the department’s intranet site.

                                                                    July 2019      Support at least one SES applications to participate in the Empowered Communities Program each year. On completion of the program
                                                                                   each participant will deliver a report detailing the key learnings which will be promoted on the department’s intranet site.

                                                                    July 2019      Build cultural understanding by identifying and promoting (through line areas) opportunities for shared learning through presentations
                                                                                   and forums between staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars, leaders and land practitioners.

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Opportunities
The department’s responsibilities for industry, business, resources, science and innovation place it at the heart of driving growth and productivity in Australia.

 Action                              Responsibility         Timeline        Deliverables
Increase recruitment and retention of Lead:                 December 2020   The department will undertake a review of recruitment policies and programs and will take the necessary action that they are inclusive of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander General Manager,                      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our national, state and regional offices.
staff.                                People and Planning
                                                            December 2019   The department will collaborate with the APSC to identify the key factors that contribute to enhanced recruitment, retention and development
                                     Supported by:                          of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the APS and will bring these to the attention of all SES Officers
                                     Indigenous Champion
                                     and Division Heads     December 2019   The department will establish an Indigenous Employment Strategy to enable it to meet the department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
                                                                            representation targets of 2.5%.
                                                            February 2020   The department will establish an employee value proposition to increase attraction as an employer of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
                                                                            Islander peoples.
                                                            July 2019       The department will develop a merit pool and access merit pools from across the APS to identify suitable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
                                                                            peoples to fill vacancies.
                                                            July 2019       Resourcing including through the provision of average staffing level dispensation to support affirmative measures and identified positions to
                                                                            be used, particularly in sections that deal with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and communities, but also more broadly in the
                                                                            department.
                                                            July 2019       The department will continue to participate in entry level Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment programs.

                                                            December 2019   Build understanding of current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staffing to inform future employment and professional development
                                                                            opportunities.
                                                            December 2019   Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to consult on our Indigenous Employment Strategy.

                                                            December 2019   Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to consult on our Indigenous Employment Network.

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Opportunities (cont’d)
Action                                Responsibility        Timeline            Deliverables
Support retention of Aboriginal and   Lead:                 February 2020       Consider career development and pathway opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees at the EL and SES level.
Torres Strait Islander employees.     General Manager,
                                      People and Planning
                                                            September 2020      The department will review and refresh existing internal initiatives such as the Indigenous Development Awards and Indigenous Development
                                      Supported by:                             Pathways Program.
                                      Indigenous Champion
                                      and Division Heads    September 2020      The department will participate in APS wide initiatives such as IAGDP, excELerate, AGILE, Indigenous Mentoring Program and the Inclusion
                                                                                Internships.
                                                            July 2019           The department will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to attend relevant Indigenous community events to promote the
                                                                                department as an employer of choice.
                                                            December 2020       The department will support mobility of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff through short and long term secondment opportunities at
                                                                                level and higher duties across all portfolio agencies.
                                                            February 2020       Develop a 3-year scholarship for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student through an Australian university program (undergraduate or
                                                                                post-graduate).
                                                            December 2020       The department will establish effective Study Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to undertake tertiary studies,
                                                                                including through financial support and study leave allowances.
                                                            February 2020       The department will establish specific pathways to provide bridging opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to move
                                                                                from administration based positions to policy roles, opening up greater opportunity within the department.
Increase the use of Aboriginal and    Lead:                 July 2019 and 2020 The department will set its own target above the Commonwealth mandated target for the procurement of services from Indigenous
Torres Strait Islander suppliers      General Manager,                         businesses, under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy.
                                      Financial Services    September 2019      Review and update procurement practices to remove barriers to procuring goods and services from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
                                      Supported by:                             businesses
                                      Indigenous Champion   September 2019      Develop commercial relationships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander businesses.
                                                            July 2019           The department will continue its membership with and promotion of Supply Nation’s national and state Indigenous Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                Indigenous Business directory and showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses case studies on its intranet and internet sites.
                                                            March 2020          The department will develop and communicate a business case for procurement from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses.
                                                            Quarterly           DIIS will at least twice yearly invite and support an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander leaders to present to staff on their experiences in a
                                                                                sector relevant to the DIIS business or the RAP action
                                                            April 2020          The department will collaborate with relevant agencies including, the Indigenous Affairs PM&C, IBA, ILC and Supply Nation to co-host
                                                                                Indigenous business forums in capital cities to showcase Indigenous businesses and to promote the range of support services available to the
                                                                                sector.

20       DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE
Opportunities (cont’d)
Action                                  Responsibility        Timeline        Deliverables
Develop policy and implement            Lead:                 July 2019       The department will actively participate on interdepartmental committees and working groups, and will engage with counterparts from other
programs that positively impact         Secretary                             agencies to formulate policies and programs that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander   Supported by:         July 2019       New policy proposals (NPP) will be required to consider the impacts and potential benefits that the policy will have on Aboriginal and Torres
people, communities and businesses      Heads of Division                     Strait Islander peoples, particularly in relation to economic opportunities.
to deliver economic reform and
growth opportunities.                                         July 2019       All departmental projects that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are required to have a set aside of funding and resources to
                                                                              ensure capacity building to allow for participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in government program delivery.
                                                              July 2019       All STEM initiatives to consider at development stage how they can further increase the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
                                                                              peoples in STEM.
                                                              July 2019       The department will ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, businesses and communities are included as key stakeholders in
                                                                              future consultations and engagements regarding the Northern Australia policy.
                                                              June 2020       The department to establish leading practice industry guidance to ensure a commitment to the economic development of Aboriginal and
                                                                              Torres Strait Islander peoples in industry sectors.
                                                              March 2020      Conduct a review of existing departmental policy and programs that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to ensure they are cultural
                                                                              competent and identify ways to improve their impacts to better support outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
                                                              December 2019   The department to consider how our policy and program delivery can assist to support Commonwealth initiatives and targets, such as Close
                                                                              the Gap, in our business activities.
                                                              July 2019       The department acknowledges the intergenerational challenges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face and commits to
                                                                              extended consultation periods and flexible approaches to program delivery.
Build the capacity of Aboriginal and Lead:                    July 2019       IEN to meet with the Secretary twice a year and the Indigenous Champion four times a year to provide recommendations on strategic issues
Torres Strait employees to participate Secretary                              and planning activities.
in the strategic direction of the APS. Supported by:          October 2019    All Aboriginal and Torres Strait employees are supported to participate in the IEN, including through performance and development plans.
                                       Indigenous Champion
                                       and General Manager,
                                       People and Planning

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Tracking and progress reporting
Action                                         Responsibility        Timeline                          Deliverables
The RAP Committee, chaired by the              Lead:                 July 2019                         Maintain a RAP committee, and its membership will comprise senior officer from each division of the department, as
Indigenous Champion, promotes the RAP          Indigenous Champion                                     determined by the RAP committee’s terms of reference.
and its actions, remains active and monitors   Supported by:         Quarterly                         The RAP Committee meets at least four times per year to monitor and assess progress against actions and deliverables.
implementation and progress of actions.        Division Heads and    May and September annually        Divisional line areas to report biannually to the Executive on progress identify activities and commitments that delivered
                                               General Manager,                                        against RAP actions across recruitment, policy and program and deliverables.
                                               People and Planning
                                                                     July 2019 and ongoing             Maintain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation on the RAP Committee through:
                                                                                                       -Engaging and maintaining at least one independent Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in an advisory role; and
                                                                                                       -The Chair of the IEN’s membership of the Committee..
                                                                     July 2019                         The department establishes an implementation team who will work with divisions and across the portfolio to drive and
                                                                                                       facilitate the delivery of the departments reconciliation agenda.
                                                                     July 2019                         The RAP is communicated across the department and promoted to all staff to promote the importance of Reconciliation
                                                                                                       and to facilitate awareness of the commitments, and implementation of actions and deliverables.
                                                                     July annually                     Each Division will hold an annual information session to ensure staff understand the role they play in achieving the actions
                                                                                                       and deliverables under the RAP. Hold divisional discussions on the RAP and what it means for each part of the department.
Build accountability and transparency          Lead:                 Quarter three and four annually   A progress report on the implementation of the RAP to be presented to the Executive Board twice yearly.
through reporting RAP achievements,            Indigenous Champion   Quarterly                         RAP Committee to provide update to all staff and Division Heads quarterly.
challenges and learnings both internally       Supported by:
and externally.                                                      Quarter three and four annually   A progress report on the implementation of the RAP developed by the RAP Committee annually.
                                               General Manager,
                                               People and Planning   September annually                Outcomes of the RAP are presented to Reconciliation Australia as per reporting requirements.
                                               and RAP Committee     August annually                   Outcomes of the RAP are reviewed to improve capacity of the RAP.
                                                                     October annually                  Reviews and updates of the RAP are open and transparent and available on the intranet and internet.
                                                                     Quarter two and four annually     A traffic light report outlining progress and risks available for all staff through iCentral.
                                                                     July 2019                         Investigate participating in Reconciliation Australia’s biennial Workplace RAP Barometer.
                                                                     September annually                Complete and submit the annual RAP Impact Measurement Questionnaire to Reconciliation Australia
Provide appropriate support for the            Lead:                 July annually                     Define resource needs for RAP implementation.
effective implementation of RAP                Indigenous Champion   July 2019                         Maintain an internal RAP Champion from senior management.
commitments                                    Supported by:
                                               Division Heads
Continue our reconciliation journey by         Lead:                 January 2021                      Draft a new RAP that reflects the department’s reconciliation journey, to be endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.
developing our next RAP                        Indigenous Champion
                                               Supported by:
                                               Division Heads

22       DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE
The artwork used throughout this document was created by Department of Industry,
Innovation and Science employee Amy Tracey. Amy is a Wiradjuri woman who grew
up on Kamilaroi country and now works from the Department’s regional office on
Awabakal country in Newcastle, NSW.

The artwork depicts a native bird for each of Australia’s States and Territories as well
as one for the Torres Strait Islands. This is a comment on the diverse Indigenous
history of Australia, the way that it still thrives today within the structures created by
our modern government, and how our Department’s Indigenous Employee Network
is an exemplar of that.

The Wiradjuri people are not traditionally known for either of Australia’s two most
famous Indigenous art styles, dot painting or crosshatching. Thus, in an attempt to
remain authentic to her own personal art style and that of her people Amy has
created this artwork focussing predominately online work. In honour of her
Indigenous friends and colleagues within the Department who are dispersed across
Australia, Amy has chosen to highlight the artwork with these two better known
styles of Indigenous art.

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